Ivy Tech Community College celebrates 50 years with Anniversary Gala

Kokomo Region big contributor as college raises over $1.3 million in one night, 1,600 guests in attendance

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region was a big contributor Friday night as Ivy Tech celebrated a major milestone by hosting its 50th Anniversary Gala at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.

Ann and Bill Friend of Macy were among the Kokomo Region supporters at Ivy Tech Community College’s 50th Anniversary Gala in Indianapolis.  Friend represents House District 23 in the Indiana General Assembly.

Ann and Bill Friend of Macy were among the Kokomo Region supporters at Ivy Tech Community College’s 50th Anniversary Gala in Indianapolis. Friend represents House District 23 in the Indiana General Assembly.

More than 1,600 guests, including more than 150 community leaders, donors and friends from the Kokomo Region, attended the event and the college raised more than $1.3 million, the largest amount of money raised during a single-day event by the college. The 24 corporate table sponsors from the Kokomo Region, made up of Tipton, Howard, Cass, Miami, Fulton and Wabash communities, contributed a total of $100,000.

“Thanks to the generous support of our partners and friends in the Gala fundraiser, Kokomo Region will see much-needed educational resources coming back here,” said Steve Daily, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “One hundred percent of the funds raised will return to the Ivy Tech facilities in the communities they serve, resources that will strengthen our communities and our economy.

“Our Resource Development team led by Kelly Karickhoff and including Miriam Thomas and Gena Wilimitis are to be congratulated for their work in coordinating this great response to the 50th Anniversary recognition,” he continued. “We are proud of the many partnerships and friendships we have developed over the years and the trust and respect our supporters have for the Ivy Tech mission of ‘Changing Lives. Making Indiana Great.’”

Kokomo Region donors to the 50th Anniversary Gala include: Chrysler Corp.; the cities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester and Wabash; the city and economic development organization of Tipton; Coca Cola Bottling Co.; Cole Hardwood; Don Thomas Family; Duke Energy; Economic Development Group of Wabash; First Farmers Bank & Trust; First Federal Savings Bank; Fulton County Economic Development Corp.; Halderman Farm Management; Haynes International; Huston Electric; IU Health Tipton; Miami County Economic Development Authority; New Holland Rochester; NIPSCO; Security Federal Savings Bank; and St.Joseph Hospital.

The 50th Anniversary Gala was more than just a fundraising event; it was a night of laughter, tears, inspiration and celebration. Attended by philanthropists, industry leaders and local celebrities, the Gala attracted influential figures throughout Indiana.

A commemorative video highlighting Indiana notables wishing Ivy Tech Community College a “Happy 50th Birthday” can be accessed online at http://www.ivytech.edu/50th.

The college was established on March 15, 1963, as Indiana Vocational Technical College and offered one academic program with an enrollment of just over 3,000 students. Today, the college offers more than 125 areas of study and enrolls nearly 200,000 students annually.

Once a small vocational and technical school, Ivy Tech is now the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system with 14 administrative regions, 31 degree-granting campuses and classes in nearly 100 locations throughout the state.

Over its 50-year history, the college has served more than one million Hoosiers. Nearly 97 percent of all Ivy Tech graduates stay in Indiana after graduation and directly and positively impact the state’s economy.

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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